Achilles’ blind fury


Achilles

In the Trojan War, when the Greeks finally reach Troy, Agamemnon dishonors Achilles and takes away his battle prizes as well which Achilles and his men had plundered as theirs was the first ship to reach the shores of Troy. Angered by this insult, Achilles refuses to participate in the war.

Gradually, the battle turns against the Greeks and the Trojan army led by their brave prince Hector manages to push the Greek forces on the verge of being completely destroyed. Patroclus, a close friend of Achilles and an equally accomplished Greek warrior then led the Myrmidons into battle wearing Achilles’ armor. The Greek army thought it was Achilles himself who had joined the battle and enthused by this fact fought with renewed valor, vigor and managed to inflict significant damages on the Trojan army.

However, prince Hector was not to be outdone and managed to kill Patroclus on the field of battle. Enraged at this, Achilles himself entered the field of battle. He put on his armor and cradled his helmet in his arms. He knelt before the Gods and swore revenge for his closest friend Patroclus’ death. He pulled on the helmet and secured the strap, and set forth to battle on his chariot.

Blinded by his rage, Achilles went on a killing spree laying to waste as many Trojans as he could lay his eyes on. He even went to battle with the River Lord who was angry that Achilles was choking his waters with the corpses of the men that he killed. Finally, when Achilles found Hector on the battlefield, he first chased him around the walls of Troy thrice.

Realizing the inevitability of facing Achilles in battle, Hector finally engaged with him. After a fierce fight, when Hector finally realized the outcome, the only request that he had from him was to treat his corpse with respect after Achilles killed him, which Achilles promptly refused stating that his rage, his fury would prevent him from according any kind of respect to the man who killed his beloved Patroclus.

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This post has been written for Today’s Author Write Now Prompt for September 24, 2013 where the prompt had to include the phrase – He pulled on the helmet and secured the strap which is the reason this phrase is highlighted separately in the post.

8 thoughts on “Achilles’ blind fury

  1. That’s interesting 🙂 In the movie ‘Troy’ Hector was killed in a one to one action with Achilles and not in the battle since Achilles was not participating in the battle at that time.

    Nevertheless, a great take on the prompt.

    • @Kajal, the huge giant that Achilles (Brad Pitt) was not Hector (Eric Bana), but was another Trojan warrior. Achilles and Hector have quite a fight before Hector is slain by Achilles. In any case, the movie itself was only loosely based on the original Iliad by Homer.

    • @Praveen, thank you, yes, I am interested in mythological stories and these old epics so much that I try and use every opportunity I can to write posts about them 🙂

    • @ashreyamom, believe it or not, the first thing that came to my mind when I read the prompt with the helmet and the strap was Brad Pitt in this role 🙂

  2. Always glad to see an appreciation for the classics. The Iliad’s first words speak of Achilles’ destructive anger, and his relentless pursuit and slaying of Hector is the penultimate display of his fearsome power.

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